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'Demos To Dining:' The Music Scene Behind Phoenix Bars And Restaurants

Phoenix musicians are behind some of the most popular bars and restaurants in town.

Lauren Cusimano, food editor for Phoenix New Times, first reported on this trend in a piece she dubbed “ Demos to Dining,” and she spoke with The Show at Gracie’s Tax Bar alongside the bar’s owner, Grace Perry, formerly of metal band Landmine Marathon, and Wayne Coats of Instrumental Hospitality Group.

Lauren has always been a fan of the local music scene, and she said her writing on music was a way to go deeper into the community. In that way, she became intimately aware of the changes coming to the Phoenix food and drink world as she recognized the names of some of her favorite musicians opening some of the hottest spaces in town.

So what does take someone from, say, the Phoenix metal scene, to the world of dining? For Grace Perry, the transition just made sense.

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Lauren Gilger, host of KJZZ's The Show, is an award-winning journalist whose work has impacted communities large and small, exposing injustices and giving a voice to the voiceless and marginalized.